Licensing jurisdictions to send representatives to network and observe
This week’s preliminary news about the 2011 ICE show and conferences, to be held at Earl's Court in London between 25th and 27th January, report that over 100 gaming regulators and government officials will attend the event, including those from Sweden to Swaziland, Belgium to Bulgaria, Gibraltar to Ghana and Singapore to Slovenia
There will also be some 400 exhibitors spread across 20,000 square metres of stand space.
According to the ICE Show Director Kate Chambers, “Having so many influential regulators coming to ICE is recognition of the show’s international status and the reputation it enjoys amongst legislators and influencers.” However, she added that this is an often overlooked feature of the exhibition.
“The reasons they come to London are exactly the same as those of our 20,000 buyers. Both groups attend because they know that ICE hosts the world’s smartest innovators and the biggest names in global gaming,” Chambers explained, stressing that for regulators the show is a place to experience the sheer size of the industry in its fullest sense, but also to become more familiar with new technologies that are transforming the industry, and the socially responsible nature of international gaming.
“Being able to listen to the industry, to witness it in action and to see the calibre of companies that are involved delivers a potentially huge benefit to the business particularly as more jurisdictions look to a liberalisation of gaming as one method of helping to fund budget deficits,” she opined.